Nectandra coriacea is a species of the genus Nectandra in the laurel family (Lauraceae). It thrives on the Caribbean coast. Nectandra coriacea grows as a small tree with heights of 6 to 9 or 10 meters and trunk diameters of rarely more than 0.2 meters. The wood of Nectandra coriacea is heavy.
he slender branches form a round, narrow treetop. The bark is dark red-brown and has many outgrowths. In the terminal bud, the bud scales do not overlap like a roof tile.
The alternate leaves arranged on the branches are divided into a petiole and a leaf blade. The simple, leathery, bare leaf blade is 7 to 12 centimeters long and 2 to 4 centimeters long, narrowly elliptical with a pointed blade base and a pointed upper end. The leaf margin is entire. The leaves are light green when young and later dark green, with the underside of the leaves being pale